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Writers' Cafe / Re: Legal question: is there a public record for a trust?
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:41:52 PM »
The main way most wills and trusts become public information is that someone files a lawsuit to enforce a disputed provision or probate an estate. There is no registry for wills or trusts, like an SEC filing system or land title filing system or UCC security filing system. And even when a lawsuit is filed, one or more parties may try to seal portions of the court record to keep the terms of a will or trust secret.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Love or Market
« on: October 12, 2017, 02:13:23 PM »
As for me, I like to write stories, and I like urban fantasy, so surprise, I write urban fantasy stories. You seem to have the idea that writing to market has to be painful or at least drudgery. When I wrote my first urban fantasy series, I assumed it would be interesting to only a small niche of people. I had a blast writing the stories, and it turned out that I was wrong about their marketability. I still don't know why folks read that series, but I'm happy they do. I'm happy it pays, as well. The trick is to find a niche you like to write that others like to read. Then everybody's happy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Love or Market
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:50:21 PM »
Thanks for the responses of help and support.

. . .

Really, I just wanted to know about people who write to market, why do they do it, and do they enjoy it?  Is it a money thing that motivates them or something else?

But thank you everyone :D

As for me, I like to write stories, and I like urban fantasy, so surprise, I write urban fantasy stories. You seem to have the idea that writing to market has to be painful or at least drudgery. When I wrote my first urban fantasy series, I assumed it would be interesting to only a small niche of people. I had a blast writing the stories, and it turned out that I was wrong about their marketability. I still don't know why folks read that series, but I'm happy they do. I'm happy it pays, as well. The trick is to find a niche you like to write that other like to read. Then everybody's happy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Legal question: is there a public record for a trust?
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:32:35 PM »
Most trusts don't have to be recorded with the government, just like most wills aren't. It's very plausable that someone might be a trust beneficiary and only learn about it through happenstance.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Drop in sales?
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:29:47 PM »
Anyone noticed a drop in sales and page reads over the last couple of months?

You obviously haven't been keeping up with Kboards lately! It's all we talk about, that and the various theories for why our page reads and sales are so dismal. In my own case, I think it's me and my relaxed publishing schedule, but plenty of other villains have been identified. Most of them work for Amazon or scheme to cheat their way into bestsellerhood.

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The problem with writing in a new genre you haven't read before is there are numerous subtleties that the readers will see or note that you've missed. It's like picking up a second language. You can do it with considerable effort, but fluent speakers will tag you right away as a foreigner. Chris Fox talks about the tropes, and cozy mysteries, in particular, are filled with them.

Others have said write what you read, and that makes the most sense to me, too. You've presumably been a reader for many years. Even with eclectic tastes, you must've read dozens of books in certain specific genres. Focus on those genres first and see if you can find a story to write that you would read if someone else had written it. Good luck.

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Still nominating when I get the chance! Good luck everyone!

Countdown is under two weeks for my massive book launch...starting to panic a little bit!!!!!

I know that feeling when you're trying to get a series of books out on schedule, making every part of the promotion process perfect, to where it gets to be too much.
Then I remember it's mostly the books that should sell themselves. You have a great cover for book 1, and I'm sure you'll have a great blurb. Then it's the book that has to do most of the work of being successful. And the next book, which I see is also close to launching, and the third book in January. You're doing all you can to give them a chance, and it's up to them to make it happen. Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Love or Market
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:25:43 AM »
See, I want this.  I want to believe it (even if money money money isn't my motivator. Simply money is good enough for me!  hahaha!), but this year all I've heard from author friends are they've switched to market and are now killing it.

I think it's useful to remember that we are trying to do two different things at once. First, we're trying to write something that resonates within us--that gives us a sense of satisfaction. Second, we're trying to entertain other people. They don't care so much about the process of writing and whether we find it meaningful. They just want a good story.
It is possible to attain both goals at the same time but it takes some thought. You have to find a story interesting to you that will also be interesting to lots of other people. It's worth taking considerable time to figure out such a story because you're going to be working on it for quite a while. Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A question for authors who were in KU and went wide
« on: October 07, 2017, 08:28:40 PM »
I've seen lots of theories about how different publishing markets work and why KU is flawed. Some of them might even be right, but when you're risking income to the tune of thousands of dollars a month, it pays to be cautious. That's my main point. I would make changes slowly.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A question for authors who were in KU and went wide
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:55:16 PM »
That definitely makes it easier to go wide!

Actually, Atlantisatheart, if you're a six figure PNR author and one third of your income is from KU, going wide is a lot tougher. You'll be giving up thousands of dollars a month in the hope that you can build sales to the tune of at least as much money per month on Apple, Kobo, etc.

It's one thing to complain about KU when you have only a few page reads, but you're betting with real money, lots of it. I'd start slow and see what happens by moving a series at a time, rather than going all in. Best of luck whatever you do.

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As someone who writes dark fantasy, I have to say its a nebulous genre. It generally means urban fantasy, with a gritty, gruesome story line. Actually, for Amazon, dark fantasy is really a subcategory of horror. If you look at the best selling dark fantasies in the Kindle store, you'll see that these are mostly urban fantasies with vampires, shifters, and witches, with a lot of paranormal romance sprinkled in.

When I look at your cover image, it says science fiction to me. The body outlined seems like an alien, and the background seems like outer space. The text also seems to suggest science fiction, but the text alone might also signal epic fantasy. Nothing suggests dark fantasy/urban fantasy like you tend to find in Amazon's genre categories.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon ads experience?
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:53:16 AM »
Cassie's book is an excellent primer on AMS ads. She publishes it under a different pen name. Here is the link:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0719W49JF/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=ICMQTZXD5EA21&colid=WOWBPOT3WDPE

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Being a big fan of fantasy, I nominated Broken Blue, Unremarkable and Voidwalker. Good luck to everyone.

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Hello! This is my first time in Kboards, though I've been self-pubbing since 2014 [hangs head in shame...] Full disclosure, I'm not very tech-savvy, so this message board is kind of freaking me out - I want to talk Scout, but not sure I'm in the right forum/thread (these seem like sporadic threads inside of one big thread? Is that correct? But everything Scout related is supposed to still go here?) Can someone please let me know if I'm doing this right (the rest of you may talk unkindly about me under your breath while I'm already self-aware that I'm an idiot, lol... ;D).

My purpose here is to no doubt get some campaign support (mine launches tomorrow, gah!), but also to share my single best marketing tip from my last campaign (it involves a pig, lol). Just want to make sure this is the right way to post for Scout related convos. Thanks!  ;)

RK, you're in the right place, and I for one am dying to hear about the magical marketing trick that involves a pig. Don't hold back!

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Oh my goodness, yes!  Now I've read some excellent Scout selected books, no lie.  Then there's the odd ones that are astonishingly terrible, full of typos and sad writing.  Makes one wonder if the editors were all hopped up on Dayquil. :D

(Editors, I love you and apologize for my tasteless joke.  I do hope you won't hold it against my Scout submissions. )

Maybe you should've waited a few days to say what you really think!
Seriously, writing is such a quirky business that individual tastes vary tremendously. Personally, I'm glad that they take a variety of books rather than one particular style of writing. The typo thing is odd, though, because they are supposed to have the book edited. Anyway, I've nominated both of your ghost stories, and I wish you the best success with the second one before the KS team.

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Congratulations on your launch. #5,200 is a terrific ranking for a book without any paid promo.

Edited to add--the ranking is terrific, period. The fact that you didn't pay for promo just makes it all the more impressive.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 27, 2017, 05:34:13 PM »

Thanks for taking the time to respond. To answer your question, blogging is not something I'm interested in. I enjoy writing novels, but  with three young kids, my writing time is sparse enough without dividing it between books and blogs. Were I to ever gain enough of a following to garner one, it would be categorized as a necessary evil. :)

Your comment answers the question for you. Some people love blogging and have a gift for it, Lincoln for example. His blog contains a wealth of information about KS and self-publishing. But plenty of Kindle authors earn five or six figures without blogging at all. As Julianne said, it's a very individual thing. If it would be a necessary evil for you, you are less likely to be successful. Fortunately, you don't need a blog to have a successful career as a self-published author.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Reviews on 'The Black'... Ouch
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:53:45 PM »
Honestly, I've never seen reviews having an impact on sales. Good or bad, it's less than a cup of coffee, most people will buy it and see for themselves.
I'm also very skeptical of the value of reviews or the impact of "bad reviews" in sales. Your review average is better than mine on what has been for me a very successful urban fantasy series.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book 1 Launch Price - Select
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:54:01 PM »
Single books are really tough to market. You basically have to choose between setting a low price to gain readers but not make any money or setting a higher price that discourages readers from taking a chance on an unknown author. That's why series are so popular. You can set a low price on book 1 and funnel readers into a series. KU is also good for a new author's book 1 because KU readers don't have to pay any more that their monthly subscription to try your book. The key to success is generally to get a second book out quickly, preferable in the same series.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Book Blitzes, Blog tours, giveaways work?
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:40:58 PM »
My experience has been that sales are poor on book 1 until book 2 and particularly book 3 are available. A discounted book 1 has worked very well in getting readers into my urban fantasy series, and book 1 still consistently draws readers into the series.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad Reviews on 'The Black'... Ouch
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:17:08 PM »
Neil, look at the bright side for a moment. You're obviously doing something right because the books are selling very well. I'd be cautious about making too many structural/general changes. Definitely clean up the typos and grammatical problems, but most authors would kill for your sales ranking. Good luck.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New Author. New Series. New Launch.
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:16:38 AM »
I'll go first. It sounds like you've thought this process through, and I wish you the best luck. I don't have any specific suggestions, except maybe to change your author picture. You look like the villain in a psycho thriller! Keep us posted.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Amazon copying strategy from Sears?
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:41:44 AM »
For Amazon's sake, they'd better hope the story doesn't end the same way as it's ending for Sears.

Sears is obviously in big trouble these days, but it was an incredible success story in its day and for many decades. Despite being a big fan of Zon, I kind of doubt it will last a century. Things change so fast in retail these days.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:37:35 AM »
Well, a "Property Virgin" in the correct context of the title and story is someone who is house hunting, but hasn't quite stepped on the propery ladder until they make their first purchase. She loses her virginity in this regard quite quickly, having made a rash decision when a slick real estate agent smooth talks her into buying a foreclosed house that becomes not quite the bargain she expected in what is a murder mystery thriller.

https://www.wattpad.com/user/DeclanConner I'm 8 chapters in and I've given myself 8 weeks to finish it.

Not made my mind up on a cover just yet. These are just mockups I'll put to the designer for ideas. I don't have the software to add figures correctly and to manipulate the stocks.

   

It sounds like a terrific story idea. Good luck.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 24, 2017, 07:53:34 PM »
Declan, that is the best non-cover cover I've seen in a long time, but what is a property virgin?

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